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The Gardens at Polo Park in 2009

Custom Design & fabrication of 5 hedge gardens and 60 custom artificial displays, 2 water features,185 live tropical plants and 450 pot mums for the launch of spring 2009 at Polo Park shopping centre. This project was designed to create an experience and something that visitors to the mall would remember! With only 1 day for installation, light weight material that was easily transportable was a must!

The use of the color yellow was mandatory to coincide with the fashion industries spring “hot” color. Many ideas were discussed, however we came up with one everyone agreed on.

With a garden blue print approved, the custom fabricated garden was laser cut out of styrofoam and cut into interlocking pieces. All together around 100 individual pieces had to be painted green, mossed, painted to color match an actual hedge then fire retard to meet local fire regulations.

Preparing the hedge pieces to build the garden started with a test fit to make sure that all of the laser cut pieces actually fit together to create the shape. From then painting of the hedges green to make give them a green background was our first step then mossing all of the hedge pieces. The transformation from styrofoam to gardens took approximately 4 months then they were ready for installation into the mall on Good Friday 2009.  

The installation took all day and all night, a total of about 75 man hours of work went into the installation.  

6 spiral junipers were chosen to match the twist fountains. The twist fountains were on set on timers and constantly maintained during the six weeks. Also included in the spring display was an assortment of Peace lily’s, Boston ferns, bright yellow pot mums & artificial displays.

Air Strength Canada won a 2009 Plantscape Industry Alliance award of excellence in the special event category for the 2009 Gardens at Polo Park. This was Air Strength Canada’s first international award.

This is the project that really elevated our company in the interior landscape industry. Since winning this award, we have met so many new industry friends from Canada the United states and beyond that have really introduced us to so many great new products and really made us better as an interior landscape company in North America.

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